Attorney-at-law Anthony Pearson has been struck off the list of lawyers authorised to practice in Jamaica after it was found that he failed to return nearly $10 million to a financial institution that had inadvertently deposited the money into his account.
The General Legal Council (GLC) confirmed today that on June 18, a three-member disciplinary panel ordered that Pearson be disbarred.
The GLC is the body established to police the legal profession in Jamaica
In a last-minute bid to retain his licence, Pearson filed an application with the GLC seeking to have the decision of the disciplinary panel put on hold
However, the application was refused this afternoon
On October 12 last year, Pearson was found guilty of professional misconduct, the GLC confirmed
Pearson is the latest in a string of attorneys who have been disbarred in recent years
Others include Harold Brady, Jennifer Messado and Miguel Lorne
According to the complaint lodged with the GLC, Pearson represented a client in the purchase of a house through Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS)
It’s reported that VMBS deposited just over $13 million into the attorney’s account, $9.9 million more than was required to complete the transaction
Despite several requests, the money has not been returned to VMBS, according to the complaint
Since the start of the year three attorneys have been struck from the list of lawyers authorised to practice in Jamaica
Four others have been found guilty of professional misconduct
Among the attorneys struck off this year is Howard Lettman, who was ordered disbarred three times
A total of seven attorneys were disbarred last year